WWE Battleground 2014 is currently advertising two matches, with one being a main event to feature four top stars.
Few fans have, or will, forget about Randy Orton, John Cena, Roman Reigns or Kane. The quartet currently scheduled to compete in the Battleground main event is hardly a Mount Rushmore of pro wrestling, but at least three of the four are sure-fire Hall of Famers. The fourth, in Roman Reigns, seems to be on his way.
This leaves a growing field of participants who will compete in the Battleground Battle Royal. When it comes to forgotten stars, this field fits that description like a glove. With the exception of the Royal Rumble, Battle Royals tend to be a collection of WWE Superstars who have been all but discarded by WWE creative.
That was the case during WrestleMania XXX, when the Andre Memorial Battle Royal featured several characters who had been stagnant in the weeks leading up to WWE’s biggest show.
The Battle Royal provided a chance for WWE Superstars to share the biggest stage the industry has to offer without the type of blood feud that culminates at WrestleMania.
One dynamic performer who is now accustomed to making an impact in Battle Royals is Kofi Kingston. Coming off another spectacular performance at WWE Money in the Bank, “forgotten” seems like a bit of an overstatement to describe Kingston.
But leading up to the pay-per-view, he was unceremoniously defeated by Jack Swagger. And although Kingston has defeated Cesaro in back-to-back weeks, both victories were quickly followed up with post-match segments designed to make fans, well, forget about an otherwise quality win.
Kingston has shined so consistently in Battle Royals, a few more years of unreal stunts may justify a separate wing in the WWE Hall of Fame for Battle Royalty.
Expect an elimination-avoiding spot from Kingston that brings the crowd to its feet before he is eliminated soon after. If history is an indication, fans will remember Kingston’s would-be spot in spite of his shortcomings.
Fandango’s shortcomings, since his big night during last year’s post-WrestleMania Raw, have been so pronounced they were incorporated into a fairly recent Triple H promo.
While chastising fans for being fickle, Triple H said (via YouTube) “one year ago at this time, what was that thing that was huge? It was, like the biggest thing in the world.” Jason Powell of prowrestling.net noted that Triple H went on to say fans “just move on” following overnight sensations similar to that of Fandango.
Fandango continues to fight to remain relevant, however, and thus far he’s winning. Currently saddled in one of the more enviable feuds on WWE programming, Fandango is trapped in a love triangle between WWE Divas Summer Rae and Layla.
Even more encouraging, Fandango was spotlighted on commentary during a match between Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio in order to further his feud with Ziggler (who could make the love triangle a love square, but that should be considered a downgrade for Dolph who, unlike Fandango, is a former world champion.)
Fandango was booked to announce his inclusion in the Battleground Battle Royal while on commentary, and figures to play a sizable role in the match given his multiple feuds.
One wrestler who hasn’t had a legitimate feud in quite some time is Alberto Del Rio, who may be a dark horse to win the Battleground Battle Royal. If the current makeup of the field persists, the winner of this match will either be a star on the rise or a stagnant character in need of a reset like Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio scored a victory over Ziggler on Raw for a shot at Sheamus’ United States Championship. Despite being lost in the shuffle, Del Rio does not take many losses and usually wins when booked in throwaway television matches.
Del Rio makes for a perfect candidate to have a career revival through an Intercontinental championship victory. This would add purpose to an already talented wrestler who, at this point in his career, does not seem above a secondary championship.
The Battleground Battle Royal will carry an otherwise forgettable pay-per-view. The irony in that is the majority of the stars involved have already been forgotten.